After over a year of conceiving, building and training, Craft Beer Market's sixth location in Canada and Ontario's second (Craft Ottawa opened in 2015), located in Toronto's financial district, is opening to the public on Wednesday, December 6th.
This sleek two-storey beer hall boasts more than 400 seats inside with plans for a 250-seat outdoor beer garden to debut come summer, 2018. The focal point of the room, aside from the beer hall's signature stainless steel draft lines that run from behind the bar, up and over to the kegs, is the floor-to-ceiling glass windowed keg room that holds more than 250 kegs full of beer and cider.
“Toronto is such an amazing city with great food, beer and culture, and we’re so excited to be a part of this community and the growth of the craft beer scene,” says PJ L’Heureux, president and founder of Craft Beer Market. “We’re passionate about supporting the local communities we’re a part of, whether it’s through neighbourhood breweries or local farms. Toronto has been so welcoming, from our existing long-term relationships, to the amazing new friends we have met. We cannot wait to open the doors to the great people of Toronto.”
The food menu in Toronto remains in line with its other Canadian locations, offering popular dishes like the 20 Napkin burger, Baja fish tacos (Craft is also one of the highest volume Ocean Wise members in Canada) and beer-braised brisket with smashed potatoes.
The interesting thing about the different Craft locations across Canada, though, is the fact that their respective beer lists reflect quality microbrews made within their regions. Here at the Toronto location, one can expect plenty of pours from brewers like Dominion City, Beau's Left Field, Blood Brothers and more. Given the company's Alberta roots, there are a couple of notable Big Rock Brewery beers here too, including its Citradelic IPA. With its signature "over 100 beers on tap" tagline, Craft Toronto officially has the largest selection of beer in all of Ontario, clocking in at a whopping 160 taps. Holy draft lines, Batman!
There is continued expansion in the works for Craft Beer Market, as a new location in downtown Kelowna is in the midst of construction and slated to open in late 2018.